Principal Policy Advisor

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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DJ1653
Closing Date: 28-Apr-2019
Salary Range: $118,908 - $159,124
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - DJ1653 - Principal Policy Advisor - Justice System Reform.docx (Word, 753KB)

Contact: Stacy Debenham on: (03) 8684 0887

Position Details

About us

The Justice Policy and Data Reform (JPDR) group supports the Attorney-General in her role as Victoria's First Law Officer and her criminal and civil law policy responsibilities.  We prioritise our relationships with key entities across the justice system and the department to ensure policy reform is strategic, relevant, holistic and people-centred. 

Within the group the Justice System Reform branch is responsible for developing and driving coordinated strategic reform projects across the justice system to improve its performance and outcomes. This branch also manages the government and Department of Justice and Community Safety's (the department) strategic reviews and projects and supports the Attorney-General agencies including the Honorary Justice office.

About the role

The Principal Policy Advisor will be responsible for leading and developing reform policy and/or legislation proposals and providing policy and legal advice in relation to Victoria's criminal justice system. In addition, you will have a specific focus on key social policy reforms that intersect with the justice portfolio.  Your key accountabilities will include:

  • developing responses to complex correspondence for the Attorney-General and senior executives, including responses to Ministerial correspondence
  • attending Parliament to brief relevant Ministers and other members of Parliament
  • managing the preparation of Cabinet and Parliamentary documentation and the drafting of Ministerial and other correspondence for the Attorney-General's portfolio as required.

About you

As our ideal candidate, you will be required to demonstrate:

  • excellent knowledge and experience in a social policy or associated field and knowledge of Victorian criminal law and procedures
  • strong knowledge of Cabinet processes and Government decision-making processes
  • the ability to contribute to organisational strategic planning and the development and implementation of business plans consistent with operational framework.

A relevant qualification from a recognised tertiary institution is desire

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

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